Ex-owner of Hitler house sues Austria

The former owner of the house where Adolf Hitler was born has launched a legal battle against the Austrian government for expropriating the building, a court official said Tuesday. The state seized the dilapidated building in the northern town of Braunau in December after MPs approved an expropriation law specifically aimed at the controversial property. The move came after years of bitter wrangling with owner Gerlinde Pommer who had been renting the premises to the interior ministry since the 1970s and refused to sell them or carry out essential renovation works. The government said it had been necessary to force a decision on the issue to stop the building from becoming a neo-Nazi shrine. But Pommer has now launched proceedings against

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